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Absa Premiership wrap: Soweto derby ends 0-0, leaders Baroka suffer first loss


Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs clears ball from Thamsanqa Gabuza of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 09:30


Baroka FC suffered their first loss in the Absa Premiership this season but continue to lead the log after another thrilling weekend round of matches.

Saturday’s feature match was the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, though it was an entirely predictable result, as the teams played out a goalless stalemate. It was a match which only really sparked to life in the second half, but neither side did enough to earn more than a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, on the same afternoon, Golden Arrows needed a late goal from Thomas Chideu to retain their unbeaten record, as they were held 2-2 at home by Polokwane City to record a sixth draw from nine matches this season.

The three evening games made for fascinating viewing, as AmaZulu claimed a shock win over Mamelodi Sundowns. Goals from ‘golden oldies’ Siyabonga Nomvethe and Mabhuti Khenyeza saw Usuthu hand the Brazilians a third successive home defeat this season.

Platinum Stars continue to show gradual signs of improvement as they secured a 1-1 draw away to in-form Free State Stars, while Ajax Cape Town claimed a much-needed win – 2-1 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic – thanks to goals from Bantu Mzwakali and Tashreeq Morris.

Sunday’s headline result was Bidvest Wits defeating Baroka FC 1-0 in the Limpopo province thanks to Vincent Pule’s first-half strike. It was Bakgaga’s first defeat of the season and saw the Clever Boys move out of the relegation zone.

In the Eastern Cape, Chippa United came from a goal down to beat Cape Town City 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Abel Mabaso and Katlego Mashego. The result broke a six-match winless streak for the Clever Boys and handed the Citizens a second straight loss.

The Absa Premiership will return with a full round of matches on the midweek dates of October 31 to November 1.

Absa Premiership weekend results

Saturday 21 October

Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Orlando Pirates

Golden Arrows 2-2 Polokwane City

Mamelodi Sundowns 1-2 AmaZulu

Free State Stars 1-1 Platinum Stars

Ajax Cape Town 2-1 Bloemfontein Celtic

Sunday 22 October

Baroka 0-1 Bidvest Wits

Chippa 2-1 Cape Town City



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Soweto Derby – Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Orlando Pirates – As it happened – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 17:17


Welcome to coverage of the Absa Premiership Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates from the FNB Stadium.

Commentary:

All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – It ends in a predictable draw, a fair reflection of the game. Both teams hit the woodwork, neither really did enough to earn all three points.

90+3′ – But Tshabalala’s free kick is headed clear.

90+2′ – Yellow card – Mobara with a stupid challenge to give away a free kick in a dangerous position right at the death.

90+1′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

90′ – Pirates with a corner kick in the final minute of regulation time, but they don’t really test Chiefs’ defence.

87′ – Yellow card – Tshabalala booked for a late challenge on Sarr.

86′ – Substitution – The final change sees Ryan Moon replace Parker upfront for Chiefs.

85′ – Pirates with a corner kick from Makola, but Mathoho heads clear.

83′ – Chiefs ending the match strongly, they look to have plenty of legs left. Pirates are tired and weary after bossing most of the game.

81′ – Substitution – Thembinkosi Lorch replaces the excellent Qalinge, who finally ran out of steam after a great performance.

80′ – Great chance for Chiefs! Maluleka crosses from the right to pick out an unmarked Cardoso at the back post, but he volleys over!

77′ – Yellow card – Makola goes through Meyiwa and is deservedly booked.

76′ – Chiefs with a free kick in a great attacking position… Tshabalala looks to shoot on goal, but only hits the wall.

74′ – Substitution – Wiseman Meyiwa replaces Ngezana for Chiefs.

73′ – Yellow card – Pirates have the ball in the back of the net as Morrison turns home Makola’s cross, but the forward used his hand and is rightly booked.

71′ – Tshabalala crosses from a free kick, Katsande heads on target… great one-handed save from Sandilands! He hasn’t had much to do, but he was sharp to the danger that time!

68′ – Molangoane crosses from the right, Parker tries an overhead kick which doesn’t come off. Goal kick to Pirates.

66′ – Maela floats in a cross from the left, Gabuza gets up to win the header but can’t direct his effort on target.

64′ – Substitution – Rakhale off and Thamsanqa Gabuza on in Pirates’ second change.

63′ – Chiefs with a sustained attack which ends with Tshabalala shooting toward the near post and Sandilands saving. But it should have been so much more for the Amakhosi, they had Bucs on the rack just then!

61′ – Past the hour mark, the tempo has risen after those substitutions – both teams now have more energy and movement upfront.

58′ – Qalinge shoots on goal direct from a free kick, punched away by Khune.

57′ – Yellow card – Ngezana booked for a clumsy challenge.

56′ – Substitution – Pirates’ first change sees Kutumela make way for Bernard Morrison.

55′ – Makola chips a ball over the top to find the run of Qalinge, who tries an acrobatic volley and rattles the crossbar! So close for Bucs!
Substitution – Chiefs’ first change sees Gustavo Paez replace Ekstein.

53′ – Tshabalala with a good delivery from the set piece, but no chance created for Amakhosi.

52′ – Rare chance for Chiefs as Zulu crosses from the left and Parker looks to head on goal… the ball loops out of play for a corner kick.

51′ – Back to the same pattern as the first half: plenty of the ball for Pirates, but Chiefs able to defend quite comfortably.

48′ – Parker picks up a loose ball and shoots from range, but his effort is high and wide.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+2′ – Half time – Goalless at the break. Pirates have enjoyed most of the ball, but have had little penetration. Chiefs look dangerous from set pieces and will hope to win the chess battle in the second stanza.

45′ – Qalinge picks out Makola with a great back-heel, but the Pirates midfielder then shoots into the side netting!

44′ – Yellow card – Sarr cautioned for a trip on Katsande in midfield.

43′ – Pirates work a corner to see Rakhale shoot through bodies from outside the ‘D’ of the box and Khune gets down to make a fine save low to his right!

41′ – Makola shoots from range… again not on target. Chiefs still keeping Bucs at arm’s length with relative ease.

39′ – Mathoho with a good challenge to stop Matlaba in his tracks. Now Rakhale gets a curling shot away, but it’s an easy save for Khune.

36′ – Yellow card – Katsande cautioned for a foul in midfield, he’ll have to tread carefully for the rest of the match.

35′ – Good work from Cardoso to hold off Kutumela. The Chiefs defence hasn’t really been tested thus far.

33′ – Matlaba shoots from range… high and wide.

31′ – Rakhale with a good cross from the right, but it’s just too high for Kutumela to get onto.

29′ – Maluleka crosses from the set piece, Ngezana wins the header at the back post and hits the opposite upright with his effort! So close to a second goal in as many games for the youngster!

28′ – Tshabalala wins a free kick wide on the right for Chiefs. What can the Amakhosi create from this?

26′ – Maela with a fine cross from the left, but Pirates don’t have the numbers in Chiefs’ box to take advantage.

24′ – Past the midway point of the first half, still goalless at FNB Stadium between Chiefs and Pirates.

22′ – Parker with a couple of touches in Pirates’ box, but he’s quickly crowded out by Chabalala and Mobara.

20′ – Qalinge seeing a lot of the ball and doing a great job to link play for Pirates, but they need a little more speed and incisiveness to trouble the Amakhosi.

17′ – Chiefs used similar tactics away to Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek and came away with an impressive 2-1 victory.

16′ – Plenty of the ball for Bucs, but they don’t really look threatening. Chiefs will be quite comfortable with the way the game is going.

14′ – Yellow card – Kutumela receives a silly booking for a challenge on Khune.

12′ – Makola with a long-range drive… high and wide, no worry for Khune.

11′ – Tshabalala plays a great reverse pass to put Parker in on goal, but Sandilands was quick off his line to smother the ball!

10′ – A sustained spell of possession for Pirates ends with Qalinge crossing from the right, only for Khune to make an easy catch.

7′ – Chiefs with an attacking free kick which takes a couple of deflections before bouncing into the hands of goalkeeper Sandilands, who is playing in his first Soweto Derby.

5′ – The corner is initially cleared by Zulu and Chiefs go on to defend solidly in the face of some Pirates pressure, before Maluleka wins a free kick near his own penalty area.

4′ – Qalinge tries from long range and his skidding shot is turned away for a corner kick by Khune!

2′ – Qalinge with an early piece of showboating to get the crowd cheering…

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at FNB Stadium! Chiefs wear gold with black trim, while Pirates are in black with white trim.

15h25 – Thando Ndzandzeka is the referee for today’s match. We are just a few minutes away from kick-off…

15h15 – There’s little to separate these teams as they come into this clash: Pirates are third on the log with 13 points, while Chiefs are fourth on 12 points. A draw would seem the likely result and history backs this up: the teams have drawn their last three league meetings in succession, while seven of the last 10 have ended in stalemates.

15h00 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting XIs:

Kaizer Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Siyabonga Ngezana, Daniel Cardoso, Erick Mathoho, Philani Zulu, Joseph Molangoane, Willard Katsande, George Maluleka, Hendrick Ekstein, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker

Orlando Pirates: Wayne Sandilands, Thabo Matlaba, Justice Chabalala, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Innocent Maela, Thabo Qalinga, Abbubaker Mobara, Issa Sarr, Mpho Makola, Thabo Rakhale, Thabiso Kutumela



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Chiefs, Pirates set for sizzling Soweto derby – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


George Maluleka and Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs reacts to Bernard Morrison of Orlando Pirates during 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 29 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 14:00


Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will renew their famous derby rivalry in the Absa Premiership when they meet at the FNB Stadium on 21 October 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

Chiefs come into the match on the back of a 2-1 away win over Mamelodi Sundowns on October 17. The victory, which was secured by goals from Siyabonga Ngezana and Bernard Parker, was a major relief for under-pressure coach Steve Komphela.

However, home matches have not been kind to the Amakhosi thus far in the 2017/18 season: their four turns as hosts have yet to produce a league win and include surprise losses at the hands of SuperSport United and Baroka FC.

Pirates have gone three league matches without a win after they were held 1-1 at home by bottom-of-the-log Platinum Stars on October 18. The result saw the Sea Robbers lose their 100 percent record at home this season and continue their relatively lean run in terms of goal scoring – Milutin Sredojevic’s side have netted just seven times in eight league matches.

The Buccaneers have also yet to record an away win this season, picking up just three points from four games on the road. Their last away result was a 2-2 draw at Polokwane City before the recent international break.

In head-to-head stats, Chiefs and Pirates have met in 63 league matches since 1985. The Amakhosi have claimed 24 wins compared to 13 for the Buccaneers, while no less than 26 encounters have ended in draws. The team in gold and black have won 13 of their 30 home matches in the rivalry, suffering six defeats in the process.

Last season the teams shared the spoils in both league meetings: they drew 0-0 in Pirates’ home match, while the return game with Chiefs as hosts ended 1-1 after an own goal from Tsepo Masilela and a strike from Joseph Molangoane. The teams have played to three successive draws and have shared the spoils in seven of their last 10 meetings in the top flight.

Chiefs’ line-up from their 2-1 win over Sundowns on October 17: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Zuma 78′), Tshabalala (Meyiwa 89′), Molangoane, Parker (Chirambadare 90+4′).

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-1 draw with Stars on October 18: Sandilands, Mobara, Mtshali, Nyauza, Maela, Matlaba, Nyatama (Kutumela 46′), Qalinge (Foster 83′), Lorch (Shonga 62′), Makola, Gabuza.



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Baroka welcome Soweto giants – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Nkosinathi Ogle of Baroka challenges Issa Sarr of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC on 26 April 2017 at Orlando Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 21, 2017. 10:30


Baroka FC will look for a high-profile win in the Absa Premiership when they host Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 22 August 2017, kick-off at 19h30.

Baroka opened their league campaign with a goalless stalemate away to Limpopo rivals Polokwane City this past weekend. The draw represents a solid start for Kgoloko Thobejane’s side, but they will need to back it up with a positive result against Pirates.

Bakgaga struggled at home last season, winning just one of their 15 matches as hosts, so it is crucial that they make a positive start in their first home match of the 2017/18 season and turn their Polokwane venues into strongholds.

Pirates began their league season with a narrow 1-0 home win over Chippa United on Saturday. Thamsanqa Gabuza’s first-half goal decided the match and saw the Soweto giants pick up all three points on offer.

Following the Buccaneers’ poor season in 2016/17, new coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic will be relieved to have gotten off to a positive start and brighten the mood of the club’s fickle fans. If the Serbian can build on their current good will and the team gain some momentum, their outsiders tag will soon be dispensed with.

In head-to-head stats, Baroka and Pirates have met in just two league matches – both of which took place last season. The teams’ first clash in Polokwane ended in a1-1 draw, with Oscarine Masuluke scoring one of the most memorable goals in PSL history to salvage a point for Bakgaga. The return game in Soweto also ended 1-1, with Issa Sarr scoring a last-gasp equaliser for the Buccaneers.

Baroka’s line-up from their 0-0 draw with Polokwane on 19 August: Vries, Motupa, Kgoetyane, Shaku, Banda, Macha (Mosele 81′), Chawapihwa, Masenamela, Mdatsane, Matloga (Kgaswane 75′), Madubanya.

Pirates’ line-up from their 1-0 win over Chippa on 19 August: Sandilands, Shitolo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Maela, Mobara, Sangweni, Makola (Sarr 83′), Qalinge, Nyatama (Memela 65′), Gabuza (Ndoro 77′).



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Mobara must captain Soweto giants Orlando Pirates says former Bucs legend – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates


Abbubaker Mobara of Orlando Pirates celebrates his goal during the Nedbank Cup Semi Final match between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates on 21 May 2017 at Princess Magogo Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 15:30


Following the departure of Orlando Pirates skipper Oupa Manyisa to Mamelodi Sundowns, the Buccaneers are yet to announce their new captain.

However, former Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi believes defender Abbubaker Mobara could be the man capable of leading the Soweto giants.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic is set to announce his skipper as they will open their 2017/18 Absa Premiership account against Chippa United at home next Saturday.

But ‘Phinda Mzala’ says the former Ajax Cape Town player is a good boy on and off the filed and always delivers a 100% performance.

“I think Mobara will be a good choice. I will be happy to see him taking the armband because he is young and has shown a great character,” said Lekgwathi to the Sowetan.

“If they can name him the captain, I’ll arrange a meeting with him just to advise and guide him.

“With my 14 years of experience at Pirates, meeting him would definitely help him. I have never heard of any bad stories about him.

“He is a good boy on and off the field. He always gives 100% when he plays. Last season, he was our best player, he led by example.

“Another thing that I like about Mobara, is that he communicates with his teammates on the field.”



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Soweto Derby important as ever for Khune – ABSA Premiership 2016/17 – Kaizer Chiefs


Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates during the Absa Premiership 2014/15 match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 12:00


The Soweto Derby is as important as ever for Kaizer Chiefs stalwart Itumeleng Khune ahead of the 2017 Carling Black Label Cup.

Khune, 30, has started between the sticks on many an occasion against rivals Orlando Pirates – but his desire to beat the Buccaneers has never faded.

The Bafana Bafana shot-stopper is hopeful that the Amakhosi will get one of their rivals at FNB Stadium on Saturday with pride on the line for both teams.

“This game is important for us because every time we play Pirates there is pride at stake,” Khune said.

“Our fans want a win. It is very important for us as a team and players to deliver on the day because that is what our fans expect and that is what we also want as a team.

“We want to see how far we are with preparations ahead of the new season.”

Pre-season game or not, the Soweto Derby is always a highly anticipated showdown and Khune is under no illusion of the match’s importance.

Steve Komphela’s men finished last season without silverware and 10 points behind Absa Premiership champions Bidvest Wits on the final log standings, and will be desperate to change things around in the new season.

“This is a very important match for us in which we have to perform so that we make the starting 11 during the course of the season.

“We have been training on a lot of finishing so it is very important we wrap the game in 90 minutes,” Khune concluded.



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